‘Go home’ says Coker

Libby Coker

By Justin Flynn

Corangamite MP Libby Coker has urged the state government to amend its Stay at Home Orders and force Melbournians back to the city.

Ms Coker said she had been “inundated with calls and emails” from concerned residents who are worried about an influx of people staying at holiday homes and accommodation on the Bellarine and Surf Coast.

“I call on the Victorian government to make it crystal clear, by amending the Stay at Home Orders if necessary, that there is absolutely no reason for Melbourne people to be at their beach house right now,” Ms Coker said.

“Those already here should be given a short timeframe to leave before enforcement occurs.”

Victoria announced a record 288 new coronavirus cases on Friday as Ocean Grove’s Boorai Centre was closed after a child who attended the centre contracted the virus.

“It’s creating anxiety in the community,” Ms Coker said.

“People are fearful of the spread of the virus and feel that they are doing the right thing and others are not.

“At the same time our shop shelves are being emptied and if there are cases our health services won’t cope. Except for Geelong there are no tertiary health facilities in Corangamite.”